Determining the Rate of Plate Movements

The majority of the research shows that the plates move at the average rate of between approximately 0.60 cm/yr to 10 cm/yr. Some sources state that in the North Atlantic, the rate of movement is only about 1 cm (about 0.4 in) per year, while in the Pacific it amounts to more than 4 cm (almost 2 in) annually, while others say that plates, in general, travel from 5 to 10 cm/yr.
The Eurasian Plate is moving away from the North American Plate at a rate the is about 3cm per year. That is about the same rate at which your fingernails will grow.

The distance from New York to London is in 3459 miles (5567 km). What will the distance be in 5 million years?.

The distance from New York to London in 5 million years will be 3552 miles (5717 km). So if today it takes us 7 hours and 30 minutes to fly to London at a speed of 460 miles per hour, in 5 million years at the same rate of speed will take us close to 8 hours.





Brooklyn College - Geology Department